During my vacation in Joshua Tree, I deliberately decided *not* to write.
However, after one particular experience, I decided that I needed to “capture the moment” and my ideas at the time. This way, I could reflect upon them later in my normal manner. I arrived back at my campsite, pulled out my handy-dandy iPhone and “captured the moment” for about 10 minutes or so with some text and audio entries within Evernote. 11 days after my return, here I am…taking time to write and chronicle my Joshua Tree Experience, likely to be written in 4 parts (pomodoros) this evening.
Before I begin expanding about the sheer aweseomeness that this Joshua Tree trip was, it is important for me to provide a little bit of back story…
While living in California, I decided that a weekend spent camping in Joshua Tree National Park under a full moon was something not to be missed. April seemed like a good time to go, as the weather was a bit more moderate. Nights were cool and the days were hot, but not unbearable. I hoped that the skies stayed clear for full moon viewing and exploring the high desert.
Originally, I had scheduled this April Full Moon Camping Trip several months ago. The full moon was Thursday, 04/25/13 and my original plan was to leave work Wednesday night and arrive around 7pm to secure my campsite for the weekend. Thursday night was the full moon.
A few weeks before my scheduled trip, I re-joined facebook (still to be written about) and was subsequently contacted by an old friend who I hadn’t spoken with in months. Without going into great detail, we exchanged a few messages, had a few phone calls and before I knew it, my friend was coming to visit the weekend before my Joshua Tree camping trip, arriving Friday and departing Wednesday. I decided to take the entire week of of work and for the first time in my life, utilize my vacation time during the year – rather than stockpiling it for the holidays. My goal is to be able to walk away from a few things at the end of the year…one of which is my job as I return to Ohio. More on that later.
The bottom line is that the visit from my friend fell through, so I took advantage of the time off and had a mini stay-cation at the house and left a day early for Joshua Tree. I left on Wednesday and would stay there until Saturday. I wanted to be back by Saturday night because REI in San Diego was having one of their quarterly “garage sales” with lots of great deals on discount gear. I needed a roof rack for my car and wanted a few other things.
Here we are, one pomodoro in on the writing, and I didn’t even get into processing my note from the weekend. Oh well, pomodoro up.